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It’s a strange old world we live in. I met this morning with a company that has developed the world’s first monitored P-Lab detection system. Every agency that they have discussed it with thinks it is incredible and want to see it in every house in New Zealand. HOWEVER because of political issues and a raft of other things not one of them is willing to promote it. Weird huh?
But the reason why I suspect is that if any authority started talking about it that would mean we would have to actually talk about the P problem and acknowledge how bad it is. And we couldn’t possible do that now could we? If we talked about it we might start thinking more about it and if we did that we might start to solve it. And solving it would involve really unpopular things like holding parents responsible for their own children and treating criminals like criminals and instituting standards for Housing NZ tenants and spending more money on protecting the innocent. And that would be just silly wouldn’t it when we have really important things to discuss everyday like, well why we shouldn’t be allowed to cut down trees and ummm, yeah, well other really, really important things .
So thought for the day, what areas could you take personal responsibility for in your sphere of influence that could benefit you, your family and your community.
When would NOW be a good time to start!!
Stay Inspired and Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.tv
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I was about to publish my planned blog for today when I read this article and I was so gobsmacked I just had to talk about it.
Other than the more obvious and extreme things like gangs, child slavery etc. this comment on bling is surely the saddest thing I’ve ever read about how shallow our society has become.
Maybe I’m over reacting but when intelligent people take this sort of thing seriously it shows me we have officially lost the war on common sense and real values.
This is listed under “Major Business News”
Culture of Bling Clangs to Earth as the Recession Melts Rappers’ Ice
“After years of starring in rap-music lyrics and videos, “bling” is losing its ring.
The recession is cramping the style of hip-hop artists and wannabes — many of whom are finding it difficult to afford the diamond-encrusted pendants and heavy gold chains they have long used to project an aura of outsized wealth.
In an attempt to keep up appearances, celebrity jewelers say rappers are asking them to make medallions with less-precious stones and metals. Some even whisper that the artists have begun requesting cubic zirconia, the synthetic diamond stand-in and QVC staple.
Hip-hop luminaries with the cash to keep it real are appalled. Bling aficionados fret that the art of “ice” is being watered down.
Rapper 50 Cent has relished the chance to accuse his musical adversaries of not glittering like gold. During a radio interview, the artist, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, taunted rapper Rick Ross for wearing faux and rented jewelry. “Everything that you see has to absolutely be fake,” said Mr. Jackson. Rick Ross, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II, has denied the claims. Mr. Jackson didn’t return requests for comment.
“A lot of these rappers simply don’t have the money for real stuff anymore,” says Jason Arasheben, who crafts custom jewelry for wealthy clientele, including Saudi royals and Hollywood movie stars, at his California boutique called Jason of Beverly Hills. “It’s to the point where they are wearing imitation jewelry, and that’s ridiculous.”
Mr. Arasheben designed the colossus of hip-hop jewels three years ago for rapper Lil Jon: an enormous gold necklace that spells out “CRUNK AIN’T DEAD” with 3,756 round-cut white diamonds (Crunk is a southern rap subgenre that Lil Jon — real name, Jonathan Mortimer Smith — has struggled to keep alive). The neck-straining piece, which weighs more than five pounds, was recognized in 2007 by Guinness World Records as the largest diamond pendant on Earth.
‘Big, Chintzy Junk’
He also fashioned a pendant in the image of headphones bedecked in black and white diamonds a few years ago for rapper Biz Markie, whose whimsical jewelry hailed from a less self-conscious era in rap. The rapper — whose real name is Marcel Theo Hall — says he is saddened to see newer rappers favor big, chintzy junk over smaller jewels that illuminate personality.
“When I was wearing a big rope, it was a symbol that I was one of the elite,” says Mr. Hall, whose 1990 hit “Just a Friend” is enjoying a renaissance on iTunes after being featured in a Heineken beer television ad. “These kids think size matters, but they be lyin’. It just makes them look silly.”
Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Hall had planned to sell their pieces for charity last fall in an auction titled “Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels.” But in a sign of bling’s fading shine, Phillips de Pury & Co. postponed the auction to March and then canceled it altogether due partly to insufficient interest from buyers.
From the dawn of rap music three decades ago, hip-hop artists have festooned themselves with gaudy ornaments to signify that they have risen above humble origins to become ghetto royalty.
English-American trailblazer Slick Rick sported a diamond-studded eye patch, portraying himself as the “Black Liberace,” while the three members of Queens, N.Y.-based Run-D.M.C. rocked gold rope chains that seemed thick enough to hold a real anchor.
To be sure, phony or inferior ice has been around as long as rappers’ traditional standard gear of two-turntables-and-a-microphone. But with Internet piracy cutting into musicians’ record sales and the recession shrinking attendance for live shows, jewelers say the ersatz stuff has never been more widespread.
“Times are hard, ain’t nobody rocking it like that anymore,” says rapper and record executive Bryan “Birdman” Williams, who co-founded Cash Money Records in New Orleans in the early 1990s with his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams. The independent label has sold more than 45 million albums.
The founders of the record label claim that its most famous artist, Lil Wayne, coined the term “bling” during a recording session to give a sound to blinding opulence. The word entered popular usage after the hit “Bling Bling” by then Cash Money artist B.G. and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003.
“People think these big pieces are blindin’ but they be like D-quality diamonds, and when you try and sell them you learn they ain’t worth a thing,” says Slim Williams. “You can’t be doing it like we did it no more.”
In humid Houston, a Southern rap capital renowned as a mecca of ice, jeweler Johnny Dang says he is adapting to the changing climate by giving customers the less-expensive jewelry they want.
“The look is still big, it is still bling, but people are going with smaller diamonds and lower-karat gold,” trading down from 18- and 14-karat alloys to 12k, which is only 50% gold, or less, says Mr. Dang. A Vietnamese immigrant, he started out at flea markets and now has a shop in the tony Galleria mall next to Neiman Marcus.
To survive, Mr. Dang is relying more often on machine-made versions of his jewelry that can cut the cost of a $10,000 handcrafted pendant in half.
Mr. Dang’s “grillz” sales also have fallen off 60% in the recession. He and his business partner, the rapper Paul Wall, helped popularize the bejeweled dental retainers earlier this decade, when diamond-laced varieties molded with platinum were selling for tens of thousands of dollars.
Melting Down Grillz
Now the recession has so damped the extravagance that a Web site called sellyourgoldteeth.com is doing brisk business buying grillz for meltdown value. “It’s a sign of the times,” says Mark Porcello of Porcello Estate Buyers, which runs the site.
Hip-hop artists aren’t eager to admit to thrift, and numerous rappers rumored to be trading down declined to talk about the trend.
“You gotta understand, it is every rapper’s fear to be exposed as a fraud,” said Gregory Lewis of Brooklyn, who posts conversations with artists on the Internet under the alias “Doggie Diamonds, the interview king.” “If you admit you wear fake jewelry, it is over for you. It’s like bragging you drive a Lamborghini when you really drive a Toyota.”
Like this is really tragic isn’t it. These poor multi millionaires who promote treating women like prostitutes, drugs, killing each other and obscenity and profanity can’t afford to buy pendants worth millions of dollars or own 20 cars? Life is so unfair.
Beam us up Scotty, there is no intelligent life down here.
Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.tv
Actually I mean, how are you REALLY doing?
We’ve been discussing some pretty full on stuff and if you choose to explore the uncharted world of your own mind you will almost invariably find things you don’t like.
There is a lot more to cover on the damage side but let’s spend a few days together starting to put some real working tools in your hands.
As you discover things that need work one of the real secrets is to be able to think about things so that you can start to engage the non reactive part of your brain. For example last week when I talked about welds I explained that we have 2 different things welded together, in my case correction and rejection.
So the very first step for me to deal with that is to be able to slow down my response to correction so I can think about it. I have to start to say to myself: “Oh no I’m feeling rejected. Isn’t that weird how bad I feel when all she said was why didn’t I put the rubbish out?”
Or if echoes cause me to get angry irrationally the first step to healing is to start to engage my mind to become an observer of myself. ” Oh look at me getting angry, I can’t believe how quickly I am raising my voice and tearing this poor delivery boy to shreds. What am I like?”
We’re not trying to change our behaviour here at all, just begin to observe it. (In fact we can’t just change our behavior, that is the whole problem). This is a skill we must practise because it is one of the major keys to changing your life.
By learning to think we are beginning to engage our soul and spirit in our lives instead of just our wounds and instincts. The Bible teaches us to “reason together”. That’s because we have the capacity to reason. We have the ability to think about our feelings and behaviour and often just that ability will start to unlock emotional healing because for the first time we begin to see what we are doing to ourselves and others.
The more we live out of our feelings the more like a dog we become, programmed and conditioned through punishment, praise and instinct. This is no way for a human being to live, yet most of us do it in many areas of our lives.
When your conscious mind begins to “get” that your anger is not about now but about a past event and that is does not belong here your brain actually starts to rewire itself. The wounding is disempowered and over time the echo becomes a non intrusive memory. The weld gets broken. Suddenly you start to feel better because you are no longer being ruled by false beliefs and dodgy feelings.
You have to be able to think about “how you feel about how you felt” to ever conquer many of these areas.
Till tomorrow ~ Stay Safe
Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.tv
Or so sung Peking Man some years ago.
Part of dealing with faulty belief systems involves understanding how much of what we feel is real. This is a bigger ask than it sounds because of a part of our brain called the amygdila.
The amygdila controls our fight/flight and freeze reflexes and is heavily involved in our feelings and emotions. It is specifically designed to cause immediate response. If you are about to fall or put your hand in a fire then the amygdila’s ability to release adrenaline, trigger feelings of fear and make you move all in a nano second is frankly stunning. No computer comes close to performing as fast as this almond shaped bit of brain.
HOWEVER, there is a problem with this system when it comes to our mental health. The amygdila doesn’t have any concept of time. It has no idea whether you are 3, 18 or 50 years old. So if a situation is similar to a situation that triggered strong emotions in the past, the amygdila processes the event in the same way. This sounds a bit out there but the fact is “Right now, you are every age you have ever been”
So let’s say you nearly drowned when you were 6 years old. Your brain received all these messages at that time regarding the need to flee the water and breathe while your entire limbic system went on stress overload as your brain tried to figure out how to deal with this threat.
This is now hard wired into your amygdila as a relevant feeling. So when you are 35 years old and you approach water your amygdila can still be bringing EXACTLY the same feelings you had when you were 6. Because the amygdila literally does not know how old you are, it is not able to think about whether the feeling is relevant now or not.
This transference fo feelings over time is called an “echo”.
It is a feeling you are having now that actually relates to a historical event and has no current relevance.
Many of us are powerfully affected by echoes. Our first teenage rejection, early trauma or a single negative experience has for many of us set up a pattern of behaviour that literally controls our lives.
We’ll dig into this more tomorrow and start hunting for those areas where our faulty beliefs are being fuelled by echoes.
Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.tv
So hopefully you have identified something you believe that is a lie.
If you haven’t yet then you need to keep looking at whatever actions or thoughts you repeatedly have and keep asking yourself why. “Why do I do this? Why do I think this?” What do I believe that triggers this feeling or action.
Once you get something of a handle on it you can start to face it. You can tame what you can name friends so naming it is essential.
Logically having identified a faulty belief the next step is to disarm it until it is eradicated by starting to apply the truth to that faulty belief.
Initially it seems a bit weird and mechanical but we have to train our brains and our subconscious to replace the lie with the truth.
NOTE: Sometimes there can be issues under a lie that require healing and therapy. No blog can cure 100% of people’s faulty beliefs, but try this. For many of you this is all you need, a gentle nudge in the right direction.
So let’s say you have a fear of the dark. A starting point fo ryou is to get some “truth coaches” that can begin to train your subconscious out of the lie that says things like “Dark is dangerous” or I am OK as long as I am never in the dark”.
- The dark is exactly the same as in the light, I just can’t see so well.
- I am just as safe with the light off as with it on.
- More people are injured/killed in broad daylight than ever die at night.
- God is just as close and able to protect me in the dark as anywhere else.
- What I am feeling when I am in the dark is actually from an event in my past and has nothing to do with my life right now.
Make sense? By the way the last point is referring to an “echo”, and we’ll get into that later in the week.
So start making your list. What is the truth that can start to disempower your faulty belief. Your brain has drugs it wants to give you to make you feel good and your stinking thinking is preventing YOU from waking up feeling good. Here is an opportunity for YOU to do something about it!!
Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.co.nz
As we’re in the middle of a series about brain “drugs”, this was too good not to share with you!!
Doctors and Chemists regularly prescribed Opium for newborn children, Cocaine drops for toothache and Heroin for coughs. Even the Pope was into the Cocaine Wine…..
Treatments from great granny’s time … Very effective medication
Bayer ‘s Heroin
A bottle of Bayer’s heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.. It was also used to treat children with strong cough.
Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.
Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should take half a glass.
A paper weight:
A paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim, Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.
Opium for Asthma:
Cocaine tablets (1900)
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to “smooth” the voice.
Cocaine drops for toothache
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only they relieved the pain, they made the children happy!
Opium for new-born
I’m sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!!!!!)
Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.co.nz
So having explained how we are on drugs, we must also understand that we only get a fixed amount of them everyday and in fact if we don’t look after ourselves we will have even less than normal.
When your stress level is high enough to cause failure of your brain drugs, what is going to happen to you? What will you feel like?
Well firstly your Body Clock is going to stop working. You will find yourself having difficulty falling asleep, and frequent awakenings during the night, perhaps with vivid dreams. When morning rolls around, you will not feel at all rested.
Also you will note lack of energy, lack of desire to get out and do things, lack of interest in the outside world.
Next, you will have aches and pains. Particularly common are chest, shoulder, back and neck pains. But, it will seem like you are aware of vague, uncomfortable feelings from all over your body. Along with increased sensitivity to aches and pains, there is a decreased sense of pleasure in life. Things that used to be fun or pleasurable do not seem enjoyable anymore.
When all of these symptoms coincide–lack of sleep, fatigue, aches and pains–you feel that life is not enjoyable anymore. You feel overwhelmed by life. Now you may cry easily, and feel that you are “depressed”.
You may also feel quite anxious. All these strange changes in your body. Why can’t I sleep? Why do I ache all the time? Am I having a heart attack? Do I have cancer?
It is not uncommon for persons who are experiencing the strange changes in their body to have periods of panic. It is during these so-called “panic attacks” that you feel as if you can not catch your breath. The heart races in panic, the muscles ache and pain all over the chest. You may even get light-headed. You may have stomach upset and diarrhea. Stress has caused your body to behave in strange and difficult ways. Under these circumstances, anxiety and fear are not at all unexpected.
Now all of us have experienced periods in our lives when we are overstressed like this. Usually they will be of short duration. However we live in such a high stress society today, recent research has shown that at least 10% of live in this place all the time!
These people, and you may be one of them, are fighting against brain drug failure every day of their lives. It rarely stops; and they are sorely afflicted.
In the past, we did not know the cause of this suffering. Such persons were often said to have a “mental illness”. The medical world now recognizes these symptoms to arise from a brain drug malfunction caused by too much stress.
And there is only one solution. We must learn to look after ourselves and protect our drug addiction. It is the basis of good mental health and 100 essential to success in any area of our lives.
I’ve talked about this many times in the past but let’s go there again tomorrow and see how to heal ourselves.
Stay Safe ~ Dean Letfus @ www.MassiveAction.co.nz
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